Week 42 – Happy Halloween!

What’s up family and friends? First off, Happy Halloween! I can’t believe it is already Halloween – like holy crap! Time is flying in the mission field!

Can you believe that it is only two months until Christmas? It will be so fun to Skype with the family! This time of the year is my favorite. All of the holidays and all of the families coming together to celebrate such wonderful events that have happened.

Yesterday we combined for the third hour of church. Our bishop was the one who was in charge of it and we talked about family home evening. Too many families are going without family home evening and we need to get that number up. Family home evening is so important and it helps families unite together. We talked about how families just need to be together. It doesn’t necessary mean that there has to be a spiritual message, it is just important that families spend quality time together. I loved the family home evenings we would have, whether they were going to a game, going for a drive in the RZR, or just playing a game.

This week we were able to meet with the Tangle family and share a message with them. We talked about their baptism and we found out that she works on the 3rd so we pushed it back to the 12th. We got a time and our ward mission leader is setting up all of the baptism arrangements! They are excited to be baptized! We just hope that nothing will go wrong. We are still teaching another part member family and that is going pretty well. They want to start having us over every Monday night for family home evenings! We told them we would love too!

This week the Oakdale 1st and 2nd wards had a big Halloween party! It was super awesome and we had six investigators there so it was even better because they came too! Elder Powell and I were the chili judges and let’s just say being a judge isn’t very fun. We had to pick the best five out of twenty. After trying the first three chili dishes, the remaining all tasted about the same. One of our members usually makes one but he wins every year so he decided not to this year. He told us he would make us a batch of it so we can try it!

This week I have been studying a lot about grace. I read in Helaman 12:24 and was curious what it mean’t about “grace for grace.” I then found the talk by President Utchdorf called “The Gift of Grace.” I love when he says it is after all that we can do, we are saved by grace. Not because of all that we can do. We need to be doing all that we can here and be the people our Heavenly Father wants us to be. I know that if we will do all that we can, then we will be saved by grace. I know that this is the true church and that the gospel was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Have a wonderful week and be safe in all that you do! I love you all and am grateful for all the love and support that you give to me! I feel each and every one of your prayers!

Love,
Elder Pope

Our wards had a big party and chili cook-off this week. There was one kid who was dressed like a missionary so we took a picture of him! He has a brother on a mission so his mom took a picture of us too so she could send it to him!
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We did service this week and trimmed about 250 trees! It was really fun!
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We had dinner with Horacio last night and it was really good. He is a really funny member!
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